These miniature pop-up books were inspired by a copy of the Theater Bilderbuch in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In my version, each 12th scale little book measures just over 1 inch (2.5cm) wide by 1 and 2/8th inches (3.2cm) long – when closed.
They are constructed exactly as a full-size pop-up book would be and have paper bound board covers.
When open, one of the four scenes that was contained in the original Theater Bilderbuch is revealed – plus some tiny text from the featured play. This is in German and most of of it is only legible to dolls’ house inhabitants.
These are the smallest of the theatres that I make and, as they are self-contained, with no characters or scenery to lose, they are very popular.
As the spine is reinforced and, as the glue I use has a ‘memory’, they need to be held open (for a very short while) in order to ‘remember’ to remain open.
The four titles in the series are:
- Red Riding Hood
- Hansel and Gretel (being chased by a bear – no witch in sight)
- The Adoration of the Magi – a nativity scene
- Christmas Eve
NB I find these almost impossible to photograph and the orchestra always looks huge !
These are not “toys” – they are “collector’s” items.